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Remote Workstation Inventory solutions

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by psych0naut, Feb 16, 2003.

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  1. psych0naut

    psych0naut Thread Starter

    Jan 15, 2002
    Hi. I'm currently looking for solutions that would allow me to maintain a remote inventory of all the machines on our network. Ideally this would involve a small server component that could be pushed out to each workstation. Perhaps a login script could check for the presence of the server and check the version if present and then install or upgrade it as the case may be. This component would ideally have a small footprint and be hidden from the user so that he/she could not disable or uninstall it. It should track system hardware and software, including licenses and OS security patches. A few additional questions I'd ask about prospective software:

    - Can reports be automatically generated in other formats so that they can be imported into other applications. Specifically, we use Remedy Action Request System for Trouble Tickets and Service Requests and also for PC Inventory. It would be nice if Belarc could generate reports for each machine in a format that would enable the data to automatically be entered into the appropriate fields in the Remedy database. Alternately, or in addition, perhaps importation into an MS Access database which could be searched based on various fields such as user login, machine name, etc would be quite useful.

    - An extremely useful feature for you to integrate would be a database of the latest Microsoft Security patches and fixes against which the patches on each machine would be checked and a report generated listing which hotfixes each machine requires. Links to the appropriate Microsoft download site for each patch would be icing on the cake.

    So far I'm looking at:

    - Belmanage from Belarc
    - Tometa Cool Info 2001
    - ADMLink Network Inventory Console
    - Hard Info 2002 Professional

    Thanks in advance for your help!
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